2001 Alfa Romeo 156 TS Veloce 2.0 from UK and Ireland
A dynamic if unreliable performer
I am impressed with the sweet engine, road-holding, interior comfort and styling.
Two weeks later and 827 miles (from new) and the engine sounds like it belongs in a tractor.
The problem - no.3 crankshaft bearing is in pieces, after being starved of oil, due to a manufacturing fault in the engine block.
The result - one wrecked engine, with none in the UK, as a result of a spate of no.3 crankshaft bearing failures.
41 days later - the car is still at the dealers. The engine has arrived, but some gaskets are on back-order. However, I am hopeful of getting it back for my summer holidays.
Lovely car, both in terms of style and performance.
Shame about my emerging reliability worries.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd May, 2001
Sell it NOW, or you will come to regret it, as I did.
Same engine problem, lasted 4,500 miles.
Also watch out for: erattic idling due to faulty engine chip; self-engaging rear child locks; failed starter motor; rusty sunroof; boot leaks (especially if rear spoiler fitted) ; failed handbrake (water gets into the mechanism, freezes and applies the rear brakes - usually on the motorway) ; freefall depreciation - I resold my 156 16 months after I bought it, and got just over half what I paid.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Alfa 156 Reliability.
I have owned my Alfa 156 for 2 years and have covered 31,000 miles in it from new. I have had absolutely no problems with it. My car is a 2.0 T.S. and it has a superb engine, well balanced handling and very sharp steering. I find the ride poor on broken road surfaces - which are all too common in the UK. I find the combination of soft springs and stiff dampers does not make for a good load carrying car. Its fine 2 up, but with four people and luggage in the car, it can hit the rear bump stops and gives a very firm ride at the rear. That's my only quibble - the car has otherwise been a joy to own.